An ISIS ‘Beatle’ has admitted for the first time that he tortured American hostage James Foley in an ISIS prison alongside ‘scared’ Kayla Mueller.
Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, both of whom are under US custody in Iraq, have provided new details on the captivity of Western hostages in Syria, in tapes obtained by NBC News.
American journalist James Foley was kidnapped by ISIS during the Syrian Civil War while working as a freelance war correspondent.
Alexanda Kotey (left) and El Shafee Elsheikh (right), both in US military custody in Iraq, had previously denied ever meeting Mueller, but emerged clean in new recorded interviews
American journalist James Foley (photo) was kidnapped by ISIS while working as a freelance war correspondent during Syria’s civil war
Kayla Mueller was held hostage in Syria, where she was sexually assaulted and tortured before her death in 2015
Elsheikh said that Foley would sometimes submit to ensure that the hostages received adequate food.
“If the security guard asked,” Is the food enough? “some of the other prisoners were very shy. He was always the one who would say, “It is not enough,” said Elsheikh.
He also said, “I didn’t choke Jim.
“If I choked Jim, I’d say I choked him. I mean, I hit him before. I beat most prisoners before. ‘
Foley was detained by ISIS for two years before being videotaped in August 2014.
Kotey and Elsheikh both admitted that they were involved in the hostage-taking of U.S. aid worker Kayla Mueller, where she was sexually assaulted and tortured before her death in 2015.
“She was in a big room, it was dark and she was alone, and … she was very scared,” said Elsheikh, a member of the cruel execution squad called the Beatles for their British accents.
“I got an email from her myself,” he admitted, which means he got an email address that ISIS can use to demand ransoms from the family. Kotey said, “She was alone in a room where no one would go in.”
Destroyed: The building where Kayla Mueller is said to have died in an air raid
ISIS reportedly demanded 5 million euros from the Mueller family and told them they would send ‘a photo of Kayla’s corpse’ if their demands were not met
Additional footage from the interviews can be seen on Thursday night during the NBC Nightly News broadcast with Lester Holt.
ISIS reportedly demanded 5 million euros from the Mueller family and told them they would send ‘a photo of Kayla’s corpse’ if their demands were not met.
Mueller, an international aid worker, was kidnapped in Syria in 2013. During her captivity, she was raped by former IS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, US officials have said.
Baghdadi committed suicide with a suicide vest, while American commandos invaded him in a daring attack.
Kotey and Elsheikh are two of the four so-called ISIS ‘Beatles’, a sadistic hostage-taking executive team responsible for beheading numerous Western prisoners, including the Americans James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Peter Kassig.
The other two ‘Beatles’ are Mohammed Emmwazi, aka ‘Jihadi John’, who was killed by a CIA drone strike in 2015, and Aine Lesley Davis, who was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison in Turkey in 2017. .
Mohammed Emmwazi, aka ‘Jihadi John’, (left and right) was killed by a CIA drone strike in 2015
Although Kotey (left) and Elsheikh (right) are British nationals, the UK rejected calls to stand trial and refused to share the crucial evidence with America
Although Kotey and Elsheikh are British nationals, the UK has rejected calls to stand trial there. Former British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson called them the “worst of the worst” and said they should “never set foot in this country again.”
The US is now considering how to bring Kotey and Elsheikh to justice in a US court, but efforts have been hampered by British allies, who refuse to hand over crucial evidence to the duo over the death penalty.
On Thursday, the relatives of the victims of Kotey and Elsheikh, including Mueller’s parents Marsha and Carl, published an opinion in the Washington Post calling for the duo to be brought to justice in America.
“We beg President Trump, Attorney General William P. Barr and the Justice Department to have the prisoners brought to the United States for trial,” the families wrote.
“There is no country on Earth that can judge terrorists better than the United States,” she added.
The families say the U.S. federal court is the best place to reveal the crimes committed by the duo to the world.
Mueller’s parents Marsha and Carl (together above) call for Kotey and Elsheikh to be brought to trial in a U.S. federal court
“They made so many people horrific,” Marsha Mueller told NBC News. “They have to be brought here. They must be prosecuted. ‘
“The other thing that really matters to me is that I need information about Kayla. We know so little about what happened to her, “she said.
She added, “I believe these two have more information than they share with us. And I think we would know more if they were brought here. ‘
ISIS said Mueller was killed near Raqa in February 2015 during an airstrike by the US-led international coalition against the jihadists, although the exact circumstances of her death remain unclear.
Her body was never found, giving her parents a glimmer of hope that she might still be alive.